Definition of spinner in US English:



  • 1A person occupied in making thread by spinning.

    • ‘A reader asks if they link us with the days of the hand-loom weaver and the home spinner?’
    • ‘The fortunes of the traditional coir yarn spinners, mat weavers and carpet-makers have been on the downtrend.’
    • ‘The difference in the weight of the whorl, the degree of teasing and the skill of the spinner dictated the quality of the thread.’
    • ‘He inspired Indians to burn imported British fabrics and return to the traditional textiles woven in villages, and he helped retrain local spinners, weavers, and carders.’
    • ‘In a cool back room, spinners and weavers worked on wool that brings farmers a few pence a kilo, and £200 sweaters that take a month to make.’
    • ‘Calling all Bolton ex-mill workers, carders, spinners, winders and weavers… someone wants to hear your story.’
    • ‘Working with the talented hand spinners and weavers of Bangladesh was necessary to develop the collection.’
    • ‘She claimed to be Clotho, the spinner of the thread of life!’
    • ‘The couple met while working at Bairstow's Mill, Sutton, where Ernest was an apprentice engineer and Gwen a spinner.’
    • ‘Now we have an alternate livelihood programme that has started targeting the weavers and spinners in Srinagar.’
    • ‘Millions of khadi spinners and weavers are under the vast network of institutions, which constitute the KVIC umbrella.’
    • ‘Mary Daly is a spinner and weaver, a performer, a wicked player throwing her life into the creation of new time.’
    • ‘He spun his stick around in his fingers like a spinner would with thread.’
    • ‘Rural spinners could not compete with cheap, factory-spun thread, and country weavers could rarely survive far from eastern supplies of yarn and the industry's principal markets.’
    • ‘The spinner and weaver from Mayo, has the intense gaze of people marveling at the ease with which she spins her varied materials.’
    • ‘The profit from the exhibition will be utilised for promoting schemes beneficial to weavers and spinners, said P. Ajayakumar, project officer, State Khadi Board.’
    • ‘Set for a launch on Saturday, one of the Exhibition's objectives is to provide sustained employment to the weavers and spinners.’
    • ‘Demonstrations taking place include basket makers, corn dollies, stick making, coracle maker, greenwood workers, blacksmith, spoon carver, spinners and weavers.’
    • ‘People kept asking Qadir why he was not helping his country produce a spinner like him.’
    • ‘When they talk about the spinner more than his product, it is plainly time for him to go.’
  • 2Fishing
    A lure designed to revolve when pulled through the water.

    • ‘He used a Stanley spinnerbait, according to a release from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, in six feet of water.’
    • ‘Either way, the one-handed rod was the common denominator for chunking topwater plugs, spinnerbaits and subsurface lures amid the sloughs and backwaters.’
    • ‘‘Fish shallow areas near deeper water,’ Crafts said, ‘and throw something that makes a lot of noise: buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, topwaters.’’
    • ‘That and the trailing grub help to hold the spinnerbait higher in the water column.’
    • ‘Although not often recognized as ‘big bass’ lures, spinnerbaits have accounted over the years for many double-digit largemouths.’
    1. 2.1 A type of fishing fly, used chiefly for trout.
      • ‘Idly I reeled the little spinner through the blue-green water.’
      • ‘We flyfished and waded, jigged lures and threw spinners.’
      • ‘The river is generally slow and sluggish, the only reasonable chance of success being with a spinner to give the lure some life.’
      • ‘Laurits saw a fish move in the river just under the water and directed Fleming where he should cast his spinner.’
      • ‘Flies, spinners and plugs, in fact all types of lures including plastic worms, also live and dead bait all catch these fish.’
  • 3A metal fairing that is attached to and revolves with the propeller boss of an aircraft in order to streamline it.

    • ‘One fairly consistent rule, however, is to focus your eyes on a point far down the runway, say 15 to 30 degrees to the left or right of the spinner.’
    • ‘Now registered R260Y / Race 52, there had not been time to finish a spinner for the propeller hub.’
    • ‘The oil coolers were immediately behind the spinners.’
    • ‘In an attempt to overcome cooling problems, Steve completely removed the spinner for the 1939 event, allowing air to ram straight into the radiator.’
    • ‘Check the spinner mount screws to see if they're loose or if cracks are radiating from the holes.’
    • ‘We never could find a workable substitute for attaching the spinners, however.’
    • ‘Congratulations to the Stewarts on a fine restoration and the addition of the prop spinners - they look great and are efficient.’
    • ‘Naturally, we get a purple jumbo jet with 84-inch spinner rims.’
    • ‘The craft had a new spinner and the rear fuselage was now built up and a new windshield and canopy were added.’
    • ‘Holes had been patched, the outer wing panels and horizontal tail replaced with new P - 38F spares, and new props and spinners installed.’
    • ‘The plane was painted an overall yellow with a red spinner.’
    • ‘The propeller spinners used by UAL were large hemispherical domes (not pointed) with a black porous coating of rubber.’
    • ‘The GPS led me by the spinner toward the intercept, cued the turn onto the approach path and guided me as surely as a localizer toward the airport.’
    • ‘With all the anti-ice and de-ice equipment on, we still had a slight layer of ice on the leading edges and propeller spinner.’
    • ‘Oddly, there was a lack of a streamlining spinner over the blunt propeller hub.’
    • ‘Also, large four-blade paddle-style propellers had been added along with a set of spinners that had been made for the prototypes and early production aircraft.’
    • ‘A new and much improved cowling was built for the Menasco while a hand-formed aluminum spinner was added over the propeller hub.’
  • 4A person or thing that spins.